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Microsoft tries to appease Windows 10 data collection critics

Microsoft today revealed more about what information Windows 10 collects from users, the latest attempt to quell long-simmering resistance to the operating system’s data gathering and reporting practices.

“Our hope is this information will help you be more informed about the data we collect and use, enabling you to make informed choices,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s top Windows executive, in a post to a company blog Wednesday.

In a pair of pieces published to TechNet, Microsoft laid out what Windows 10 hoovers up under its two telemetric settings: Basic and Full.

Much of the long list for Basic was effectively incomprehensible to anyone but a Microsoft engineer, and thus of little or no use to most customers. In places, however, the descriptions were in English, more or less. “This event sends data about crashes for both native and managed applications, to help keep Windows up to date,” read the explanation of Microsoft.Windows.FaultReporting.AppCrashEvent.

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